Drying and Storing Lavender
Air Drying is Best
- Remove the lower leaves along the bottom inch
or so of the branch.
- Bundle 4-6 branches together and tie into a bunch using string or a rubber band. Leave about 3/4″ between each stem to allow for air circulation.
- Hang upside down (flowers facing downward).
- The bundles will shrink as they dry, so check periodically to make sure that the flowers do not
- To keep the lavender dust-free, punch or cut several holes in a paper bag and place the bundle upside down in the bag; tie the bag closed and then hang.
- Hang the bunches in a warm, dark, dry and well ventilated area (direct sunlight will cause the flowers to fade and will cause essential oils to evaporate).
- Check weekly until the lavender is dried and ready
- Store in airtight containers (zip locking bags, small canning jars).
- Label and date your containers (dried herbs are best used within a year; as they lose their color, they also lose their flavor).
- Herbs retain more flavor if the leaves are stored whole. Crush the leaves when you are ready to use them.
- Discard any leaves that show any sign of mold.
- Place containers in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight, preferably in a cabinet or drawer.
- Herbs left on a kitchen counter can be covered with a paper bag to keep out light.